By Sue-Ann Wayow
WHILE the inter-island ferry services continue to operate daily amidst new Covid-19 measures, the ferries will be operating with reduced passenger capacity.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced the rollback measures which included only those who had to travel between Trinidad and Tobago for essential business to be allowed.
On Monday, the Trinidad and Tobago Inter-island Transportation Company Limited (TTIT) gave more information on the new arrangements.
It stated, “Effective Friday August 21, 2020, the inter-island ferries will operate with reduced passenger capacity as follows: Jean de la Valette and T&T Spirit – 350 passengers,
Galleons Passage – 200 passengers and MV Cabo Star – 50 passengers.”
It also advised of the amended business hours.
For the Port-of-Spain terminal the opening times are: Mondays to Fridays with the exception of Wednesdays – 6 am to 5 pm, Wednesdays – 6 am to 2 pm, Saturdays and Sundays – 7 am to 4 pm and public holidays 7 am to 2 pm.
For Scarborough Ferry Terminal, the opening times are: Mondays to Fridays with the exception of Wednesdays – 6 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm, Wednesdays – 7 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm, Saturdays and Sundays – 7 am to 4 pm and on public holidays 7 am to 2 pm. Both terminals are also closed every day from 11 am to 12 noon.
The TTIT stated that all Covid-19 protocols are strictly in place for travel and it remains committed to providing critical inter-island ferry operations.
Some of these measures include the practice of proper social distancing in the terminal environment, terminals and on the ferries.
People are reminded to avoid congregating and any close contact with persons in the queue and movements should be restricted while on vessel.